When I was a school going girl, I remember how the day of 15th August would dawn with loving birthday wishes. Patriotic songs from the radios and loud speakers almost sounded like birthday songs to me. Perhaps my personal excitement made me see the festive spirits everywhere and in everyone.
Schools and streets would wear a festive look with the 3 holy colours of our nation displayed in streamers and decorations. Flag hoisting , shower of flowers , saluting to the flag, inspiring national anthem, playing roles of Bharat Mata or a leader, pinning the flags to the guests’ collars are not just nostalgic memories, they are actually the indirect lessons that taught me the value of independence.
That independence is a valuable feeling which needs to be celebrated with great reverence is a lesson learnt while growing up.
Growing up with the idea that I was born on the day my country was born, has its own impact. Neither the birthday cake nor the party had the allure which the national festival had in my heart.
That ‘independence’ is a ‘glass’ which could break easily if not handled carefully, is a lesson that has dawned gradually.
As an adult too, I have the good fortune to be in schools and continue to savour the patriotic fervour with the same enthusiasm. However there is a new flavour to the celebrations and participations now. The responsibility towards the country and the role I can play in it’s growth.
Having assumed the role of a mentor, guide, and teacher to young people, it feels like the Independence day celebrations are on 24/7 .
That independence is a great responsibility and one has to assume it with sincerity in purpose is the lesson I am going forward with!